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The Appalachian Lodge
Incredible mountain view from Clingmans Dome.

When the weather is nice, there is no better way to spend your time than outside in Gatlinburg. There are so many opportunities to enjoy the sweet sunshine when you stay at with us. To help you decide what activities to try on your vacation, we’ve put together 4 of the best outdoor things to do in Gatlinburg.

1. Hike the Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail is the longest marked footpath in the United States. The 2,178-mile trail passes through 14 different states! Seventy-one miles of the Appalachian Trail passes through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, allowing you the opportunity to hike part of the trail and see gorgeous scenery. Fun fact: The highest point in Tennessee, Clingmans Dome, is also the highest point along the Appalachian Trail! If you hike to Clingmans Dome, you can see breathtaking views of the mountains from the observation tower that make it well worth the hike.

2. Go on a Ziplining Adventure

dueling zipline at AnakeestaOne of the best outdoor things to do in Gatlinburg is a ziplining tour! When you go ziplining, you’ll be able to see a bird’s eye view of the Smoky Mountains. A great place to go ziplining is at CLIMB Works Smoky Mountains. CLIMB Works has a world-class zipline tour that takes you to new heights and will keep you off the ground for 2.5 hours! Not only will you get to soar through the trees, but you’ll get to ride an ATV up the mountain and cross 3 sky bridges that offer unbeatable views. CLIMB Works’ goal is to push you out of your comfort zone for an exciting experience you’ll never forget.

3. Have a Picnic

If you want to relax and breathe in the fresh air, share a delicious outdoor picnic with your family and friends. Our Gatlinburg hotel is just minutes from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, where there are plenty of designated picnic areas. Pack a basket filled with all your favorite snacks and goodies, and enjoy a picnic surrounded by the beauty of the Smoky Mountains. It’s not only a great way to spend time outside, but it’s a great way to spend time with the ones you love.

4. Visit Gatlinburg SkyLift Park

Another one of the best things to do in Gatlinburg is to visit Gatlinburg SkyLift Park! You’ll ride to the top of Crockett Mountain on their famous chairlift. Once you’re on the SkyDeck, you’ll be able to take in the sweeping mountain views for as long as you want. Take a few photos and just stare out at the beautiful scenery as you relax. When you’re ready for more excitement, you should make your way across the SkyBridge, the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the country! You’ll also have fun exploring the rest of the amusement park as you walk along the SkyTrail.

Where to Stay

If you want to be close to all of these amazing outdoor activities, stay at The Appy Lodge. Our hotel provides you with the comfort and convenience you need to have a relaxing stay in Gatlinburg. Not only are our guest rooms affordable, but they come with all the necessities for a wonderful vacation, like a microwave and refrigerator, a Keurig coffee maker and more.

Reserve your room at our Gatlinburg hotel today and get ready to enjoy all the exciting outdoor things to do in Gatlinburg!